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| DVD (5)
For casual viewers, the whole thing has a retro charm. For Beatles fans, it's a flawed but essential film.
A Hard Day's Night may be more primitive, but it also seems more spontaneous.
The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way. They just become awfully redundant and -- dare I say it? -- dull.
In colour, and with plenty of exotic backgrounds, Help! is a joke-thriller, a send-up of thrillers, Bond ones especially, funnier and prettier than the other but not moving and personal as the other was.
Help! is a Beatles movie, but even without the fab four, it would be an important film.
Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles.
A fascinatingly manic adventure-comedy that doesn't always work as well as it might, but has worn much better than some of the other films made in the same vein at the same time.
Beatles fans have always been too kind in overlooking the film's obvious flaws.
Already dated, but still a fun romp with the legendary Beatles.
Lester's anarchic absurdity and quick cut camera gags make for a pretty good whole.
A cheerful and cheeky death-knell for traditional standards of well-crafted filmmaking from the previous decade.
There's a script and lights and cameras and all that film tomfoolery, but that's of the least concern to the boys who openly flaunt their too-cool-for-film rock personas (and, in a way, they're absolutely right). Nonetheless, here at the internet school of film critique we take these matters seriously and so, yes, Lester has the boys riff the Marx Brothers and James Bond's droll wit to no end, but that's not a bad thing. And there's always the music!
Help! You're going to need it if you're a Beatles fan who hasn't seen this movie! I love this movie it's my favourite of the Beatles' movies. It combines great songs and a great comedy plot. I highly recommend it.
Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.
A one joke movie stretched way beyond breaking point. Eleanor Bron and Leo McKern work hard to save the film from being a complete disaster but The Beatles themselves, by this time jaded, cynical and smoking marijuana, have lost much of their appeal from "A Hard Day's Night". John's two great numbers "Help!" and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" aside, the songs are weaker this time round, too. And as a template for the subsequent Monkees television show, "Help!" has much to answer for.
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